PURPOSE OF CLASS: Plans, organizes and executes creative arts and recreation programs that build and nurture the local community. Manages the Cornelius Arts Center including staffing and maintenance of the facility. Responsible for coordinating, implementing and supervising a variety of arts and recreational activities for the Arts Center as well as elsewhere in Town. Oversees a variety of public art initiatives and projects.


 Performs technical and administrative work in developing, planning, organizing, implementing and supervising arts, cultural and recreational programs and services for residents of all ages and abilities.

 Negotiates and manages contracts with program providers ensuring affordable and high quality programming is provided.

 Manages the operations of the arts center including oversight of all leases and sub-leases of the facility.

 Instructs, supervises and evaluates staff, contract programmers and volunteers.

 Acts as curator over art exhibitions including public art, scheduling the gallery, coordinating and hanging exhibits, and marketing and promoting exhibits.

 Promotes and markets programs and events through a variety of media resources and networking opportunities. Prepares press releases, fliers and posters to advertise events. Utilizes social media to market programs and facilities.

 Effectively coordinates and schedules facility use of the arts center including programming studio space, rentals, workshops, gallery exhibits and gallery openings.

 Evaluates the interests of residents, agencies, civic groups and local businesses in the community concerning arts and recreation programming.

 Locates and secures remote public, private and quasi-public facilities for programming use. Acts as liaison with these groups.

 Manages the registration of participants for various recreational programs and events, collection of fees and completion of proper forms. Maintains record of programs and events.

 Builds and maintains positive and mutually beneficial relationships with local arts organizations and program providers.

 Assists in the preparation of the departmental budget. Makes recommendations for the programming budget. Assists in the management of the budget. Processes purchase orders, maintains a current inventory of all program material and supplies. Ensures appropriate bookkeeping procedures for associated revenue stream and revenue sharing with program contractors.

 Assesses effectiveness of contractors, programs and facility use in terms of customer satisfaction, number of participants, meeting expenses and revenue projections, and compiles reports.

 Assists with other departmental activities as needed. Assists in the preparation of regular and special reports as needed. Performs other related duties as required.

EQUIPMENT OPERATED: Personal computer, A/V equipment, printer, calculator, copy machine, telephone equipment and other assigned office equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Not adverse. Both office and outdoor working conditions are required. Includes some weekend, evening and holiday work as assigned.


Education: Graduate with a four-year degree in arts administration, recreation or related field from an accredited college.

Experience: At least two years’ experience working in practical arts and/or recreation program administration, or equivalent, is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and methods of arts, recreational and leisure time programs.

Considerable knowledge of current literature, trends and developments in the field of public arts and recreation programming.

Knowledge of a variety of arts and recreational events, their rules and their procedures.

Knowledge of standard resources, materials and facilities utilized in a public recreational


Ability to plan, execute, over-see and deliver a variety of year-round arts and recreation programs and activities.

Ability to plan and coordinate the work of contract programmers and of temporary, volunteer or paid workers.

Excellent organizational and prioritization skills.

Ability to express ideas effectively and communicate effectively in verbal and written forms.

Knowledge of routine maintenance tasks necessary to operate facilities in a safe and effective manner.

Ability to deal tactfully with artists, recreation programmers and the public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, citizens, employees, contractors, supervisors, participants and other agencies.

Adept in use of computer and web-based programs such as Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), Adobe, photo editing, online registration programs, web page design/maintenance, and social media.

Physical Requirements: Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer terminal, utilize measuring devices, operate a motor vehicle and inspect work of others.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Applicants must pass a criminal background check and possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license. Salary is negotiable. The Town of Cornelius is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Cornelius PARC Department, Attn: RA Coordinator, P.O. Box 399, Cornelius, NC 28031; fax: 704-896-2462; email: parc@cornelius.org; or to Cornelius Town Hall, deadline is Friday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m.